to me in one of those forwarded emails.)
We have been trying to accomplish a lot of yard work lately to be ready for a (belated -by the time we will be ready!) Sweet Sixteen party for E. in July. She will be 16 the end of June.
I recall my sweet sixteen party as being the best birthday of my life so far.
I had many, many friends and relatives - young and old alike- attend my party that my mom had catered and also friends and relatives brought food too. So much yummy food!!
My cake was wonderful...it was made by my sweet sister-in-law, Sue. It was shaped like a grand piano and the icing was pink and very ornate. The legs and keyboard and music stand were plastic . I was a piano player at the time. I haven't played for years and although I can still read music, I would be very rusty, I'm afraid.
Anyway, back to the yard work. Today on B's day off wouldn't you know it= it thunder stormed almost the entire day!! I LOVE thunderstorms but I had a list about as long as my arm of things I either needed him to do or help me do-- OUTSIDE!! In the evening we finally were able to get out and E. helped me to spread grass seed under the pines we had trimmed. It is a vast area of nothing but dirt now with weeds wanting to take over. We had filled in holes the dogs had dug and leveled it out--that took forever- weeks. I am going to rent the dogs out for trench diggers or grave diggers.
Our dog, Socks, is going nuts lately trying to chase the chipmunks that have taken up residency under the porch. A's outside Fluffy cat, used to catch every chipmunk that made the mistake of moving into our yard. Unfortunately, Fluffy got sick and died in a couple of days' time back at Easter time. She misses him dearly.
Fluffy used up all 10 of his 9 lives!
Fluffy lived a dangerous and wild life. He was adopted as a kitten from the barn where E. used to take English riding lessons. Once when he was about 2 yrs old he was ripped apart from being in a very terrible fight was stapled back together. The vet was actually surprised that we would spend the money to fix him, he was so bad (almost all our tax refund money that year! Yep, on the CAT.). He survived to be beat up many more times in his night time travels into the rough world of an outside (neutered) male cat.
I seem to be rambling today...
We also took care of all the large limbs that came off the Cottonwood trees about a week ago that seem to reach to the clouds. They are very fragile in high wind and the whole back section of the backyard looked like a tornado came through, though we just had some straight line winds come through . There were many minor tornados nearby our town that day. Lots of trees uprooted and trees snapped off.
The honeysuckle is blooming-- right among the poison oak-- on the fence by the woods!!!
Remember my fern jungle in the front yard? I worked a little bit on that situation too; thinning them out so my perennials can be seen!!
The best part is that we finally got some vegetables planted yesterday. 6 different varieties of tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash, Brussel sprouts, broccoli and our new try at celery. Each year we try to grow something new to us in the garden.
Hopefully tomorrow it will not rain so I can get someone to help work in the yard some more!!